Longleaf Pine illustration with NCFS Shield Turnbull Creek Educational State Forest

Longleaf Pine illustration with NCFS Shield Turnbull Creek Educational State Forest


Turnbull Creek ESF Spring 2023 Newsletter

In this edition of the newsletter, get an inside look at fighting wildfires and the latest updates on forest improvements including a new exhibit!

Public Events and Outreach

Birds and Snakes at Turnbull Creek Educational State Forest

Sept. 30, 2023 | 1-5 p.m.
Join the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Forest Service as we discover a variety of bird species along forest trails. This event takes place during fall migration, and we may get to see some birds resting on their way to warmer climates.

We will be on the lookout for the red-cockaded woodpecker and will explore the conservation challenges faced by resident birds and migrants alike. Hands-on field experience will improve your birding skills as we learn identification tricks and behavioral cues together. All levels of birding experience are welcome! This workshop will be entirely outdoors and we will still bird in a drizzle.

We will learn about snakes in North Carolina. Live snakes will be present, and venomous ones will be properly contained. We will have an opportunity to learn about various snakes, their habits, behaviors and identification. Those who wish to hold a nonvenomous snake will be able to do so.

Please wear closed-toe, comfortable shoes. Bring water and bug spray as well as some sort of sun protection. Pack yourself a snack. Binoculars and field guides are encouraged. There will be some pairs of binoculars for participants to borrow.

Registration is required. Please call or email Carrie McCullen to register.
910-588-4161 or carrie.mccullen@ncagr.gov

Participants are eligible for Criteria II credits of NC OEE Environmental Education Certification, and school teachers receive CEU credit.

Turnbull Creek Educational State Forest offering Saturday classes for 2023 peak season

From March 11 to October 28, each Saturday of the month will feature a unique class based on a different theme. View the list of upcoming classes here. Spaces are limited for these classes. For more information or to register for a class, please contact rangers at the Turnbull Creek Educational State Forest office:910-588-4161.